The Dehradun Municipal Corporation will begin property tax collection in the city from January. This decision has come after the Uttarakhand State Government proposed an ordinance to stop the demolition of slums in the city which was ordered by the Court.
Vijay Kumar Jogdande, the DMC commissioner said that the civic body will soon start organizing special camps in the slum areas in order to make the residents aware of property tax as it will prove helpful to increase the tax collection amount.
He further said that the civic body will release the list of camps that are planned to be organized in different wards with slums. The taxes here will be collected on the basis of self –assessment. According to the self-assessment, the property owner will him/herself will declare the unit area and the will calculate the property tax accordingly.
The Dehradun Municipal Corporation is looking forward to an increase in their tax collection amount in comparison to the last year. The civic body collected E. 40 lakhs last year while they expect it to touch Rs. 60 lakhs this time.
The Commissioner also said that the civic body has increased the house tax rates and is expecting a greater number of people to pay the same. He also said that a ground inspection will be carried out by the workers of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation.
However, the officials of the civic body avoided to spill the beans about the collection of property taxes from the recently inducted villages under the Municipal Corporation.
Although one of the officials said that the decision on collecting property tax from the newly inducted villages is still to be taken, but the collection of the same in 60 wards falling under the vicinity of Dehradun Municipal Corporation will commence from next month.